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Politics John McCain

  • There will be no more business as usual for housing lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac if John McCain is elected president. That’s McCain’s clear message in a recent hard-hitting op-ed in the St. Petersburg Times and in various straight-talk media interviews.

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    Barack Obama's audience inside the Capitol this week will number about 200, not the 200,000 who gathered last week in Berlin. Yet all signs point toward a closed-door session with similar enthusiasm for the Illinois senator.

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    In the face of Barack Obama's overseas tour de force, rival presidential candidate John McCain struggled to be heard. Yet amid the awkward moments, he managed to campaign busily in key battleground states and to raise millions of dollars at fundraisers.

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    U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama hopes his visit to Europe and the Middle East will show U.S. voters that he is a safe pair of hands, the Democrat said in an interview on Friday.

  • Senator John McCain hit a grand-slam homerun today with an op-ed piece (“Take taxpayers off hook for rot at Fannie, Freddie”) that debunks the federal worship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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    U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, on a foreign tour he hopes will boost his election chances, on Thursday gives an outdoor speech in Berlin on transatlantic ties that is likely to draw thousands.

  • When it comes to the economy, which presidential candidate is the best man for the job? Advisers for John McCain and Barack Obama appeared on CNBC to go head-to-head on politics, economics and trade.

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    Republican presidential candidate John McCain is launching a new television ad that blames Democratic rival Barack Obama for rising gasoline prices...

  • What follows below is an excerpt from my conversation on Kudlow & Company last night with supply-sider Steve Forbes regarding Phil Gramm’s future with the McCain campaign. Mr. Forbes is the president & CEO of Forbes Inc and has advised the campaign on economic policy. Click here for more of my thoughts on this developing story.

  • When the Phil Gramm flap broke out about 10 days ago, with his Washington Times interview miscues about a nation of whiners and a mental recession, other McCain economic advisors were quick to lambaste the former Texas senator. Douglas Holtz-Eakin told the PBS "Nightly Business Report" that Gramm is no longer giving advice to McCain or his aides.

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    By visiting Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama is trying to narrow McCain's advantage on handling national security issues. The economy, however, is where Obama can build an edge of his own.

  • Republicans have comforted themselves with the knowledge that the Republican National Committee retained the fund-raising clout to counter Obama's cash machine. Is that changing now that Obama has emerged as the Democratic candidate? It might be.

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    Some experts believe there will be a "renaissance" in nuclear power-plant construction in the next few years. So the need for uranium, the main fuel in such plants, is expected to grow sharply.

  • Democrat Barack Obama said Tuesday that the New Yorker magazine's satirical cover depicting him and his wife as flag-burning, fist-bumping radicals doesn't bother him but that it was an insult to Muslim Americans.

  • Many economists have concluded that a second dose of government stimulus spending is required to prevent a broad economic unraveling and provide relief to millions of Americans grappling with joblessness, plunging home prices and tight credit.

  • In a dramatic move yesterday President Bush removed the executive-branch moratorium on offshore drilling. Today, at a news conference, Bush repeated his new position, and slammed the Democratic Congress for not removing the congressional moratorium on the Outer Continental Shelf and elsewhere.

  • Gramm is co-chair of McCain's campaign, once considered a candidate for Treasury Secretary. His statement that Americans are "whiners" suffering only a "mental recession" was the last thing John McCain needs as he tries to gain the upper hand on the economy.

  • What follows below is an unofficial transcript of my interview on Kudlow & Company last night with investment banker and former Texas Senator Phil Gramm. Mr. Gramm is a top economic advisor to John McCain.

  • Yesterday I wrote that the McCain campaign is distancing itself and moving away from cap-and-trade. This is clear from the fact that the senator’s recent speeches do not mention cap-and-trade, and that the 15-page policy pamphlet issued by the campaign also makes no mention of cap-and-trade.

  • After writing favorably about Sen. McCain’s recent economics speeches, where he clearly shifted toward the supply-side both on tax cuts and producing more energy, I went back last evening and carefully read his 15-page policy pamphlet called “Jobs for America.”